Jul 1, 2015
The 8th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival Made its second stop at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on June 27, 2015. On this surprisingly not-so-hot and cloudy day, metal music fanatics gathered to mosh to the bands on stage, gather together for drinks and fun, or both. I was given the opportunity to photograph the Victory Records stage which was the only side stage for this year. The Victory Records stage featured primarily deathcore and metalcore bands which, depending on ... Read More
Jun 23, 2015
Meat Puppets / Soul Asylum – 06/22/2015
Bowery Ballroom - New York City
Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks
The last time I walked into the Bowery Ballroom to see the Meat Puppets they went on after 11PM, Shandon was standing atop a part of his drum kit after kicking it over near 1AM as the band was shredding a rare bust out of Attacked By Monsters to close out the night. Tonight, excitement is at new levels as The Meat Puppets are co-headlining this tour with Soul Asylum; ... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!!!
Florida was lucky to get one of the limited dates for the Zip Code North American Tour 2015. Orlando was even luckier to be chosen for the date. Luckier still, was my wife Lynn, to have won 2 tickets from WMMO to be able to attend the show.
The newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl filled with approx. 47,000 fans, played host to The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour.
The show was everything you might expect from The Stones. Big, ... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
Rob Zombie, what can you say about a man that's been rocking out since the early 90's. The man is a rock legend, and a pretty good live performer as well. Besides making movies, he does put on a great live show and it's worth every penny to go see him perform.
I had the chance to see Rob Zombie twice on this tour and decided I would do VIP for at least one of them, even though I'm a longtime fan of ... Read More
Jun 3, 2015
Tame Impala Psyches Out The Pageant
Words and Photos by Bradley Darby
Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala stopped by The Pageant on Monday night and somehow found a way to convey your Uncle Mark’s acid flashbacks from the 60’s and 70’s through a live music experience. When it comes to recorded music, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker. Parker writes all of the songs and creates the textured and dynamic music himself while playing every instrument and using techniques such as reverb and fuzzing to melt your mind. However, the ... Read More
May 15, 2015
For the sixth year in a row, beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, MO will be turned into a small town of its own when more than 35,000 people descend on the Central Fields for the LouFest Music Festival. This year the festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.
Previous LouFest lineups have brought the best of both major headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Outkast and The Killers to smaller up ... Read More
Apr 21, 2015
What a better way to spend a Sunday and Monday then to go to concert, especially when it's one of you favorite bands and they are playing back to back shows.
Milwaukee was the first city on the stop for Repeat Repeat, the band from Nashville that plays a mean surf rock candy vibe, and totally kills it every time they perform. You can't help but start moving and grooving, the husband and wife team of Jared and Kristyn Corder, with best friend ... Read More
Apr 9, 2015
Boyz II Men 4/8/15 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA
Review and pictures from thenaturalstoner
The outskirts of Spokane were host to a real treat tonight, as Boyz II Men threw a big time party at the local casino! The only other time I have seen the guys from Philly, even if it is only three of them these days, was in May of 2011 and you may happen to remember my review. If not, here is a quick summary: My girlfriend loves ... Read More
Apr 5, 2015
I first heard of The Wans on Nashville radio, I listen to the Local Buzz every Sunday night on 102.9 the Buzz and they showcase Nashville artists of Rock, Indie, and Alternative music. Bands you wouldn't normally hear since they are from Nashville. I have had the pleasure of seeing one of those bands live, and The Wans did not dissapoint. They are opening up for Dead Sara, which is going to get them plenty of recognition, but in Indianapolis Dead Sara ... Read More
Apr 2, 2015
During one of the obnoxious yet mandatory interviews interrupting the first half hour of Death Cab For Cutie’s hour long performance at the iHeartRadioMusic Theatre, Benjamin Gibbard declared that Los Angeles was neither a villain or a hero on their just released album Kintsugi. As a transplant of this harsh city who has survived upon the sun dried slab of cement for nearly 15 years; those words could not more perfectly sum up the experience of someone who somehow lucked into watching ... Read More
Mar 22, 2015
It has been just about one year since the Yonder Mountain String Band and former front-man/mandolin player Jeff Austin played their final show together. Austin went on to form the Jeff Austin Band, touring and releasing an album in less than twelve months. Yonder Mountain String Band have also remained incredibly busy... picking up Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) to shred the fiddle and add a bit of estrogen to the tour bus, as well as master of the mandolin Jacob Jolliff. The ... Read More
Mar 10, 2015
The Gitas are a pure high energy rock band from California. This wicked 3 piece band was form in 2014 by the lead vocalist/guitarist Sasha Chemerov. You have Salvador Ramazzini the bassist/back up vocalist and Brittney Marcarello the drummer. I had the pleasure to see this band at the chain reaction in Anaheim Ca. Their style of music is a fusion of hard rock, blues, punk and a hint of pop. The raw energy they put on is phenomenal each song they ... Read More
Feb 23, 2015
SnoCore rolled into Illinois Sunday night with a fury, and packed Mojoes of Joliet to the brim. This time I decided to do VIP for Flyleaf as they were the opening band on the SnoCore tour this year and they had the VIP option.
Adelita's Way also had a VIP option as well, and they brought out more VIP'ers then Flyleaf, but the VIP for Adelita's Way was filled with women, and rightfully so, the fellows are quite good looking. I even tweeted ... Read More
Feb 8, 2015
Rain, Sleet, Hail or Snow... I would at least attempt to travel through it to see Powerman 5000, and thankfully the roads were clear for me to do that. I wasn't going to be crazy this time, Iowa was a six hour drive give or take, so a hotel was needed and I'm glad I made the trek to Iowa.
There were two local opening bands as usual, Apathy Syndrome, which was a Slipknot like band, and I believe the other band was ... Read More
Jan 27, 2015
Nothing like a good concert weekend to make your life complete, especially when you have VIP for one band that you have been wanting to meet for over ten years, it was a Papa Roach weekend for sure.
Saturday started out cold, to be exact it was freezing in Milwaukee, but having VIP for both shows we were suppose to arrive at the venue at 3:15pm, which we did and around 3:15 or so they came out to get us for the Papa ... Read More
Nov 23, 2014
Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper – 11/22/14 – Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
Review, photos and video by thenaturalstoner
When I think of all the cities up here in the great Northwest, I honestly feel like Spokane, Washington is the most ‘Mötley Crüe’ kind-of-town of them all, and last night saw the final show of the 2014 leg of the bands ‘Farewell Tour’ finally come to the sold-out Spokane Arena. With Alice Cooper on board to open the festivities, Vince Neil and Co. brought a ... Read More
Nov 23, 2014
Electra is a local Los Angeles rock-pop band that is getting ready to release their debut album, These Times. With 2 EP’s out, Electra is set and ready to conquer the USA once their debut album is released January 2015. I was given the opportunity to check out Electra and even interview frontwoman Electra Barakos which is included right after the review. On this night, the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California gave independent artists/bands an opportunity ... Read More
Nov 15, 2014
Arch Enemy and Kreator are two of the biggest metal acts right now. After finishing the European leg of their current tour, Arch Enemy and Kreator brought their power and fury to the House of Blues in Hollywood, California for the War Eternal North American tour.
Kreator is one of the pioneers of thrash metal. Being a band for 30 years, the German thrashers have left their mark in the metal world. Having Released their newest album Phantom Antichrist in 2012, Kreator ... Read More
Nov 14, 2014
The weekend before this show took place, their was a tragedy in the rock world. Wayne Static passed away in his sleep. The news broke on Facebook as usual by another friend of mine that is in a band, and for a good two hours speculation swirled whether he was dead or not, but the person that posted the information new him well, and after a couple hours, official word got out that yes, Wayne Static had passed away, November 1, 2014 ... Read More
Nov 14, 2014
Theatrical performances, costume changes, heavy guitar riffs, and a beautiful lead singer that can scream with the best of them, what more could you ask for, for an amazing night of music.
In This Moment brought their Black Widow Tour to Peoria Illinois last Saturday and what a tour it was. This was my seventh or eighth time seeing these folks, and they never disappoint when it comes to putting on an amazing rock show.
The stage set up has changed for this tour ... Read More
Nov 9, 2014
The intergalactic scumdogs of the universe known as Gwar made their way to the House of Blues in Hollywood on November 6th, 2014. After the passing of original frontman Oderus Urungus, the future of Gwar was questioned. With people thinking it was the end for Gwar, Gwar announced at their recent Gwar-b-que that they got not 1, but 2 new singers being Blothar and Vulvatron. This was my first time seeing Gwar and I had heard about their theatric and bloody shows ... Read More
Nov 9, 2014
Prof, Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo
The Blue Note, Columbia, MO 11/04/2014
words/photos by BeezNutz
The Blue Note in Columbia, MO is a gem of a concert venue. It is a old beautiful theater converted into a concert night club. For the past 40 years it has been owned by Richard King and he has done a wonderful job of running it. November 4th 2014 marked a new day in its illustrious history. It was sold to the new ownership who runs the note from ... Read More
Nov 6, 2014
King Diamond made his triumphant return to the USA after an 11 year absence. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to spend it with The King himself. With the Wiltern in Los Angeles sold out months advance, fans showed up in costumes and waited for the beloved falsetto-singing Danish heavy metal legend.
At 10:30pm, the lights turned off, the crowd roared with excitement, and an eerie intro came upon us as the curtains lifted up and revealed the stage to have 2 ... Read More
Nov 4, 2014
If you had asked me a week ago who Richie Kotzen is, I would have said I had no idea. Ask me now and what would I say? One of the most phenomenal guitar player/singer's that I've seen in a long time. It was Saturday night and I had the night off from work for once and my best friend (A.K.A my "concert bitch") Bob asked me if I wanted to go to this show with him. Richie Kotzen. Who the fuck ... Read More
Nov 1, 2014
Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs - 10/31/2014
Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
Ladies and Gentleman welcome to one of the newer venues to hit the Tri-state area: Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg.
And here I thought we were headed to some basement shack with 6 foot ceilings and a stack of 50 records that the band stands on and plays. Absolutely not. New York City now has it's Amoeba, it's Vintage Vinyl . If only the stage was located inside this extremely well ... Read More
Oct 31, 2014
INSANE CLOWN POSSE, MUSHROOMHEAD, DA MAFIA SIX, MADCHILD, JELLY ROLL AND BIG HOODOO
POPS CONCERT AND NIGHTCLUB, SAUGET, IL
WORDS/PHOTOS BY BEEZNUTZ
Easily one of the most hated touring acts around, The Insane Clown Posse has been on a cross country tour for the past month. Facebook has been filled with spiteful people saying comments such as " They still tour" and more hateful comments. The majority of the people who post these kind of comments just can't figure the whole Insane Clown Posse ... Read More